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Old 07-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Post 1965 Amazon 131 resto/mild custom: progress report

Not quite sure what the site etiquette is re showing of cars mid resto, but here goes....

After 19 years of ownership, this spring I took my 65 two-door Amazon off the road for a bare metal restoration/mild customization by Lance & co at Romance of Rust, Ealing, west London. As you can see from this pic, it'd got pretty tatty, mainly due to living on the streets of London for pretty much all of that time.



We took it back to bare metal, and found rust in some of the usual places, and some truly horrendous badly welded patches in some of the structural areas (the passenger side A-post had seven patches on it!). Here's a pic of the passenger side box section, which gives a taster:



Still, all sorted now, and the car is 10 times stronger than it was before.

We've also done some mild customizing along the way, including frenching the front and rear lights (but keep the shape of the original fitments), relocating the rear number plate to the bumpers, and tidying up some of the trim (a new bonnet trim made of brass). Here's a few pics to give the general idea:





Finally, here's a pic of one of wheels, which have been painted the same as the new body colour, a midnight blue pearl:



I'm keeping a full blow-by-blow record of the resto here at Autopendium. Do check it out if your interested, and would welcome comments. I'll try and post occasional updates and pics here when we reach major stages.
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:41 PM   #2
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We have a projects forum JUST for people like you (and I). We LOVE stuff like this!
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We have a projects forum JUST for people like you (and I). We LOVE stuff like this!
Sorry. Saw there was a projects sub-forum just after I'd posted. Not sure if I can transfer it there or if I need a moderator to do it.
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:46 PM   #4
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Sorry. Saw there was a projects sub-forum just after I'd posted. Not sure if I can transfer it there or if I need a moderator to do it.
If you want to start a blog over there thats fine, otherwise showroom is cool
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Old 07-11-2007, 05:31 PM   #5
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sweet, we have alot of performance projects on this forum, it good to see some ol' skool style hot rod styling... nice work.
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So far so good.
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sweet, we have alot of performance projects on this forum, it good to see some ol' skool style hot rod styling... nice work.
Yeah, I'm leaving the engine relatively stock (it's been uprated with a D-cam and twin SUs) for the next couple of years, while I enjoy the car and the rebuilt suspension. But then, who knows? Maybe a blower...
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:22 PM   #8
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out of curiosity, what'd you use to replace that section of frame rail with? is there a commonly available thing, or was it just some thick gauge metal bent the same way?
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:27 PM   #9
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I need more info on that paint... That's gorgeous!
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sweet, we have alot of performance projects on this forum, it good to see some ol' skool style hot rod styling... nice work.
Yeah, I'm leaving the engine relatively stock (it's been uprated with a D-cam and twin SUs) for the next couple of years, while I enjoy the car and the rebuilt suspension. But then, who knows? Maybe a blower...
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Yeah, I'm leaving the engine relatively stock (it's been uprated with a D-cam and twin SUs) for the next couple of years, while I enjoy the car and the rebuilt suspension. But then, who knows? Maybe a blower...
DOH! double posting. Too late this side of the Atlantic. Time for some zzz's
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out of curiosity, what'd you use to replace that section of frame rail with? is there a commonly available thing, or was it just some thick gauge metal bent the same way?
The outrigger's a replacement part, but the front-back box section had to be made up.

More difficult was making up a new rear box section (how it was, below -- will try and dig out an after shot tomorrow), which has quite a tricky curve on it where it bends around the spare wheel well. Props go to Mark at Romance of Rust for some great metal work.

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I need more info on that paint... That's gorgeous!
Will be posting more on the paint details when the body is painted in a couple of weeks, and will try to make sure I post details here (you can keep track of the blow-by-blow details of the resto here -- there also an RSS feed for it too, if you're into that sort of thing)
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:14 PM   #14
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Welcome fellow UK-er! Those sound like some excellent guys to deal with. I find it very hard to find trustworthy tradesmen to hand your pride and joy over to with a sense of confidence that they're actually going to put in the effort you'd put in if you had the skills to do it yourself...if you get me!

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Old 07-11-2007, 11:07 PM   #15
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Nice!
Thanks for posting.
Love it.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:29 AM   #16
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Welcome fellow UK-er! Those sound like some excellent guys to deal with. I find it very hard to find trustworthy tradesmen to hand your pride and joy over to with a sense of confidence that they're actually going to put in the effort you'd put in if you had the skills to do it yourself...if you get me!

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You're right there. Thought the project is not going to cheap, given I've had the car so long and intend to have it another 20 years, I wanted it done right. What I like about Lance & co at RoR is that not only do their skills far outweigh mine (and that's not the case with some of the dodgy MIG welding done on the car in the past), but that it matters to them that they do a good job.
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Cool work. I need to see posts like this once it a while to keep me from just selling off the 122s and starting over.
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Wow... its pictures like this that remind me how nice it is to live in the S/W
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:10 PM   #19
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Wow... its pictures like this that remind me how nice it is to live in the S/W
Know what you mean. Half the Amazon's in London have probably got at least one door or panel from Arizona
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beautiful...

absolutely beautiful.. Cant wait to see the car finished!.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:44 PM   #21
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Quick update: Front suspension now rebuilt, in powder-coated glory (and zinc plated bolts).
Here's a before pic:


And here's a couple taken today, mid-way through the rebuild:



Full story and more pics on the Amazon's page on Autopendium
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:54 PM   #22
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NICE!!!!

im going to restore my Amzon too this summer. Luckily i have found a good body for little money and a Amzon with good engine and almost rusted out bodywork, both for little money...
Some good inspiration here
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That's awesome

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NICE!!!!

im going to restore my Amzon too this summer. Luckily i have found a good body for little money and a Amzon with good engine and almost rusted out bodywork, both for little money...
Some good inspiration here
Glad you're liking it. Should be posting some pics of the new one-piece rear bumper sometime next week. How about using Autopendium to a record of your Amazon project. Could do with another Amazon over there (but don't forget to keep the folks here updated too!)
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That paint is a lovely colour! Any more details?

Anyway, Welcome to the board!

PS - Are you coming to the uxbridge car show on sunday? If so, we'll see you there.
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